East Gable

Gatehouse of Fleet, Scotland (Ref. 2038)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

A magnificent church wing conversion, in a quiet corner of the pretty village of Gatehouse of Fleet, in the midst of the picturesque Dumfries & Galloway countryside. Thoughtfully renovated to retain much original charm and character, this delightful property boasts original windows and oak floors, and the remains of the original pews in the grand entrance hall. A superb second floor sitting room boasts fabulous views over the river, and a beautiful riverside garden offers private mooring for small boats. The village provides tempting shops, pubs and restaurants together with excellent fishing, mountain biking and walking. Visit Cally Gardens, with over 4000 species of plants, the Mill on the Fleet Visitor Centre or Fleet Bay's sandy beaches. A superb holiday property. Note: Property is on same site as Ref. 4423, and together they accommodate 14.


Over three floors. Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin with additional pull-out stacker bed (suitable for child under 12), 1 x 2nd floor double with en-suite shower, basin & WC. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin & WC. Ground floor WC/basin. Kitchen/diner (seats 6) with snug (seats 6). Utility room. 2nd floor sitting room. Hallway.


  • Gas central heating
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD, WiFi, library of books/games
  • All fuel & power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden & patio with furniture & BBQ
  • Cot
  • Sorry, no pets & no smoking
  • Shops, pubs & restaurants 2 mins walk
  • Note: Garden leads directly to river
  • Children must be supervised
  • Note: Arrangements for taking own boat to be discussed with owners
  • Note: Property suitable for max. 6 plus 1 guest under 12 (inc. infants)
  • Note: Check-in 4pm.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “lovely place”
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    • “we had a really good time the property was as described first class the setting was excellant nice and close to shop and hotels food in local areas very good we ate out every day”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Hamilton, December 2009

    • “Gatehouse of Fleet Retreat”
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    • “Very comfortable, clean, bright accommodation in a building full of character. Has been beautifully decorated by the owners. Very handy spot for local child friendly pubs and restaurants. Good local cycling nearby , Cream'O'Galloway Farm for ice-cream tours, adventure playground and cycle tracks a great hit with the kids and Carrick Bay a lovely secluded family beach. Liked being in the centre of town - only thing missing for us was a garden for the kids to play in - but there are a couple of large parks within walking distance. Found web-site easy to navigate and rental was handled efficiently by Sykes Cottages.”

    Andersons, West Lothian, December 2009

    • “Very roomy converted church modern holiday cottage”
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    • “Just off the Main Street this holiday cottage is in a lovely setting with a stream running alongside. Once inside you would not know it was once a church. Very modern with plenty of space for two couples & a teenager. Large kitchen/diner/lounge downstairs. Second floor bathroom, twin room & double room, third floor double room with en suite & top floor lounge. It would improve the cottage had towels been provided. I did contact the owner who said they wasn't provided because people have allergies to some wash powder ! Personally I think customers could make their own mind up about this whether to use or not. Fitting 5 people plus luggage into the car was hard enough never mind having to pack a weeks worth of towels. The kitchen equipment could be changed as looking well used especially baking tins. I placed a wooden chopping board on top of the bin when we left because upon arrival it had a big crack in it, not exactly hygienic. Welcome pack such as milk would of been gratefully accepted but Spar supermarket is one min away. A shelf for toiletries would be a great help in the bathroom & I noted a lot of customers mentioned how bad the tv's where. I agree, very old, bad picture & too small for a large lounge. The beds where very comfy & clean. This cottage is just off the path from the visitors centre you do get a lot of people passing your door & garden & next door (west wing can only access their car through your garden, so not exactly private. One morning pulled open the bedroom curtains to see a strange woman sat on a chair with her feet up on our bench reading a book & having her breakfast, and she wasn't from next door !! Shame with just a few tweets this could be a fab cottage”

    Couplewithteenagers, Yorkshire, September 2014

    • “Great Place For a Weeks Base”
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    • “Perfect location next to Cally Woods and Galloway Ntl Forest. Charming town with nice tea rooms , pubs etc. Only suggestion to improve experience would be to supply towels. Trans Atlantic travellers really don't want to pack these!”

    Fortq, Canada, September 2014

    • “A comfortable place to stay”
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    • “We've stayed in both East and West Gables and have enjoyed being at both of them. They are very clean and contain everything required for a pleasant stay, although it you are there during cold weather I'd recommend taking along a blanket for each bed. The showers are incredible, better than any power shower. However, if you have mobility problems, both houses are span three floors so there are lots of steps. The river Fleet runs right next to the houses and while the garden areas are small they have a picnic bench to enjoy the view. The houses are very close to the Mill on the Fleet which has a good coffee shop and tourist information, as well as a museum and fantastic second hand book shop on the top floor - great for a rainy day. The bus to Dumfries stops right outside if you don't want to drive and there's a Spar and Key Store within a couple of minute's walk if you run out of milk. There are also several pubs within easy staggering distance and walks through the woods and along the river Fleet. I think they are very good value for money, which is why we have stayed there 3 times in the last year.”

    Angie C, Manchester, United Kingdom, August 2011

    • “Lovely accommodation for family break”
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    • “Nice, bright conversion with plenty of room. Kitchen was well equipped with large dining area. The main lounge was on the third floor and was a little trek if you needed something from the kitchen! Slighty musty smell from condensation on the main church window on the side of the property. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again or recommend to others.”

    Davethenortherner, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom, January 2011

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    • “A great location and set-up, it was spacious and well organized with a lovely garden, in a lovely town. We felt very much at home.”

    Dr Riedy, Rochester, August 2015

    • “The location was great very friendly place with lots to do. The kids had a fantastic time and can't wait to go to the holiday home again.”

    Mrs Allan, Kirkcaldy, October 2014

    • “East Gable was well decorated and the whole was well equipped, in a nice position with lovely views over the river. It was spacious and light. It was very comfortable.”

    Mrs Worrell, Whitley Bay, September 2014

    • “The cottage was of a superb standard in a peaceful setting. Gatehouse itself had everything we needed and the local people were very helpful and friendly. It is a good base in which to explore the local beaches, forest and lochs.”

    Mrs Wilkin, Wellingborough, June 2014

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About the location


Kirkcudbright 8 miles; Newton Stewart 15 miles; Castle Douglas 15 miles.

Peaceful in its pastel colours, the small country town of Gatehouse of Fleet lies on the Solway Firth, in the midst of Dumfries & Galloway countryside, with good sandy beaches a five-minute drive away. The town was founded in the 1760s as a mill community, and today the nearby Mill on the Fleet - a visitor centre in a former bobbin mill - tells the tale of Gatehouse’s cotton-spinning days. Today, there are several shops in the town including a small supermarket, chemist, bank and Post Office, along with two book/gift shops, a kilt-making centre and two cafes. All four pubs in the town have restaurant facilities and welcome children. Castle Douglas, a 15-minute drive away, offers an extensive range of shops, Threave Gardens and boating on Carlingwark Loch.